I attended the Cleveland Institute of Art for five years… though I did not complete my training as I had already received a contract to make comics and decided to pursue that instead of finishing my degree.
nobody in this business cares about your academic achievements, all they care about is your ability to tell a story.
now it is my belief that you need academia to achieve at least a large part of that goal.. there are very few people who are rain man like comic book savants that can teach themselves everything they will need to pursue this business.
on top of your academia you need to make storytelling part of your lifestyle. you need to write every day. no matter what. you need to purge all of those bad, semi-amateur pages out of yourself so you can get to the good ones.
everyone you admire in this world, in whatever walk of life, has done this. they have practiced every day. they don’t feel like a complete person unless they do it every day
An unsolicited bit of advice. If you’re going into the arts, any art, take business classes.
If you sell your own work it’s a business. If you freelance you’re a business dealing with a business. If you’re an employee you’ll be more useful if you know how a business works. You’ll avoid endless pains with a little learning.